- the principle or habit of accepting reason as the supreme authority in matters of opinion, belief, or conduct.
- the doctrine that reason alone is a source of knowledge and is independent of experience.
- (in the philosophies of Descartes, Spinoza, etc.) the doctrine that all knowledge is expressible in self-evident propositions or their consequences.
- Theology. the doctrine that human reason, unaided by divine revelation, is an adequate or the sole guide to all attainable religious truth.
- Architecture. (often initial capital letter)
- a design movement principally of the mid-19th century that emphasized the development of modern ornament integrated with structure and the decorative use of materials and textures rather than as added adornment.
- the doctrines and practices of this movement.Compare functionalism(def 1).
Origin of rationalism
Related Words for rationalismsystem, thought, outlook, theory, viewpoint, thinking, idea, wisdom, ideology, attitude, truth, doctrine, logic, tenet, reasoning, view, sense, grandeur, conception, axiom
Examples from the Web for rationalism
Contemporary Examples of rationalism
Yes, Holmes was the quintessence of the Victorian rationalism, “the most perfect and reasoning machine that the world had seen.”How Sherlock Holmes Took on the Capitalists
December 21, 2011
Historical Examples of rationalism
He was temperate in his rationalism and thrifty in his philanthropy.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
We may admit that the clergy are more blameworthy than the orators of rationalism.Mountain Meditations
Dr. Beswick's rationalism on the subject rose to trouble her.The Faith Doctor
His rationalism could not take the place of a knowledge of history.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
But it is not the gradual approach of rationalism that is the subject of this lecture.The Religious Experience of the Roman People
W. Warde Fowler
- reliance on reason rather than intuition to justify one's beliefs or actions
- the doctrine that knowledge about reality can be obtained by reason alone without recourse to experience
- the doctrine that human knowledge can all be encompassed within a single, usually deductive, system
- the school of philosophy initiated by Descartes which held both the above doctrines
- the belief that knowledge and truth are ascertained by rational thought and not by divine or supernatural revelation